The Nigeria Union of Teachers said its members will not sit for the competency test scheduled for public primary school teachers in Kaduna state later in the year.
The union said such assessments should be carried out by bodies such as the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria and not a state government.
The umbrella body for teachers noted that such tests should improve the quality of teaching and learning and not disengage teachers which is common practice with the Kaduna state government.
The position of the NUT was made known in a communique after an emergency meeting by the members of its exco in Kaduna state.
As teachers who belong to a professional body, registered and licensed, we shall only subject ourselves to any professional recommendation issued by our Regulatory Council, but no other body.
The State Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Dalhatu, also stressed that only TRCN was legally empowered to conduct any form of competency test for teachers, adding that teachers would not subject themselves to any test conducted by any other body.
NAN recalls that the state government had in January 2018 sacked 21,780 primary school teachers for failing a competency test conducted in 2017 and recruited 25,000 qualified ones.